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11-August-2020
11-August-2020

Photographs supplied by Stephen Warren

The plaque, mounted on a boulder, commemorates the John Craig, Eliza Arbuckle and Isaac Hearnshaw who became separated from the Mount Bryan Expedition led by Governor Gawler. 

While preparing to camp for the night Isaac Hearnshaw was critically injured when his gunpowder flask exploded in his face.  Eliza Arbuckle and John Craig prevented him from bleeding to death by tending to his wounds.
 

 

Location

Address:Foote Road, Approximately 1 kilometre north-west of road junction, Neales Flat, 5374
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.214657
Long: 139.151148
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event Start Date:23-December-1839
Actual Event End Date:23-December-1839

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 23rd December, 2006
Front Inscription

Mount Bryan Expedition

While returning to Adelaide between the 21st and 28th December 1839 from Nor' West Bend on the River Murray, it was near this spot on Tuesday, 23rd December that John Craig (Senior aide to Governor Gawler), Eliza Arbuckle (friend of Charels and Charlotte Sturt), and Isaac Hearnshaw (Coachman to Governor Gawler) were separated from the main body of the expedition.

Whilst preparing to camp for the night Isaac, on trying to light their campfire, was critically injured when his gunpowder flask exploded in his face.  With his face shredded and left eye disloidged (which was re-inserted by Eliza), the horrific wounds were bathed in turn by Craig and bandages applied, thus saving Isaac from bleeding to death.

Unveiled in their memory on Satruday, 23 December 2006 by

Dean Brown (Great great grandson of John Craig) and Carolyn Daniels (Great great great granddaughter to Isaac Hearnshaw)

 

Source: MA
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